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Nortel invests in gigabit vendor

Looking to expand its presence in the campus networking market, Northern Telecom (Nortel) announced it was taking a 19 percent stake in gigabit routing switch maker Plaintree Systems for $US6.19 million.

Plaintree has granted Nortel an option to license its technology for use in data switching products and will provide consulting and development services to Nortel.

As part of the arrangement, the duo will team to develop Nortel's data switching products for the carrier market. And Nortel will distribute Plaintree's existing switching products.

Asia-Pacific remote access server market boomsThe Asia-Pacific market for remote access servers (RAS) grew 81 per cent in 1997 to $US174.7 million, indicating strong demand for access to the Internet and corporate intranets, according to figures released last week by International Data Corp (IDC).

Of the two market segments covered by IDC, the market for RAS concentrators grew 122 per cent, compared to 32 per cent for fixed-port products.

"The growth in RAS shipments during 1997 is impressive, considering that the second half of 1997 was hindered by confusion in the market over 56Kbps modem standards and the regional economic crisis," said Akhil Agarwal, IDC Asia-Pacific's networking products analyst.

Bay targets net roamers

Bay Networks last week bought a wireless LAN vendor whose technology may help Bay customers roam around their office buildings without being disconnected from the corporate network.

Bay bought NetWave Technologies for $US10 million and plans to resell NetWave products as part of the Bay product line.

NetWave's AirSurfer PC cards come with small antennas that attach to mobile PCs. The product broadcasts at 2Mbps to AirSurfer receivers connected to the network.

Telstra, RSL COM sign deal

Global carrier RSL COM has signed an agreement with Telstra to extend its business relationship to include reselling a broader range of Telstra's products and services.

In the agreement, possible under the post-1997 Australian telecommunications regime, RSL COM will provide full "whole of account" services, said Matt Zachari. These will include rebilling for customers making local calls, STD, IDD, ISDN, Data and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) calls as well as help desk and other support services.

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